by Carly Rae Jepsen


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Carly Rae Jepsen wasn't especially well known outside of Canada (where she was a Top Three finalist in 2007's Canadian Idol ) before she shot to stardom on the strength of "Call Me Maybe," one of 2012's definitive songs. The song's sugar-rush immediacy would have made it a huge hit at any time, but it seemed especially sweet as it topped the charts immediately following the gloomy reign of Gotye's angst-ridden breakup lament "Somebody That I Used to Know" during the early part of that year. Where Gotye's hit was all about regret, recriminations, and goodbyes, "Call Me Maybe" was an engaging hello to all the possibilities of a crush so strong it makes you do impetuous things, rising to the top of the charts just in time for summer (in North America, anyway). And while the song had had an undeniable, disco-tinged beat and glossy production, it also harked back to the unabashedly girlish, singer/songwriter pop of early-2000s faves such as Michelle Branch and Vanessa Carlton, right down to the zippy strings that punctuate the hopeful question of the song's chorus. All of this made "Call Me Maybe" very different than the Ibiza-lite dance-pop that seemed to be the template for Top 40 hits in the 2010s (it's also interesting to note that Jepsen was in her mid-twenties when the single hit it big, making her a bit older than expected for the singer of such a seemingly innocent song, but then the wallop of new love is an all-ages feeling). If Kiss, an album whose title captures Jepsen's sweet but not overtly sexy appeal perfectly, only had "Call Me Maybe" going for it, it would still be one of 2012's most notable pop albums. A safer set of songs would have surrounded that single with ten or eleven clones of it, but Jepsen shows she can do other styles nearly as well, spanning the fizzy dancefloor fodder "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" to the catchy oddity "Tiny Little Bows," where Jepsen's voice sounds slightly sped-up and she addresses cities like old flames, to "This Kiss," which sounds the most like a typical pop single, but boasts lyrics (where Jepsen's boyfriend and the object of her affection's girlfriend are "details we both forgot to mention") that are better written than the work of most of her competition. Kiss also includes a couple of duets with established male artists, including "Beautiful" with Justin Bieber (who was instrumental in helping Jepsen cross over to a world-wide audience) and "Good Time" with Owl City, but Jepsen is best on her own, making the most of the savvy songwriting that runs throughout Kiss and shines especially brightly on tracks like "Guitar String/Wedding Ring." After a string of fantastical glamazon pop stars like Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Nicki Minaj, there's something to be said for Jepsen's girl-next-door persona, which helps make Kiss one of 2012's best, and sweetest, pop albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2012
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537136797
catalogNumber: 001736302
Rank: 50270

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Carly Rae Jepsen   Primary Artist,Vocals
Max Martin   Keyboards
Lukas Hilbert   Keyboards
Matthew Thiessen   Background Vocals
Josh Ramsay   Background Vocals
Colin Janz   Vocals
Tavish Crowe   Guitar
Minneapolis Youth Chorus   Vocals
Kelsey Janz   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sam Cooke   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer
Steve Berman   Contribution
Pat Collier   Engineer
Ken Friesen   Vocal Recording
Stefan Gordy   Composer
Rick Sheppard   Programming,Engineer
Gavin Taylor   Art Direction
Mighty Mike   Producer
RedFoo   Producer
Kuk Harrell   Vocal Producer
Brian Lee   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Programming,Producer
Ryan Williams   Engineer
Josh Abraham   Composer,Producer
Michael Ilbert   Engineer
Lukas Hilbert   Composer,Programming,Producer
Oliver Goldstein   Composer
Matthew Thiessen   Composer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Jonathan Simkin   Executive Producer
Toby Gad   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Ryan Shanahan   Engineer
Sean Walsh   Engineer
Josh Ramsay   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Colin Janz   Programming,Additional Production
Josh Gudwin   Engineer
Scott "Scooter" Braun   Executive Producer
Justin Bieber   Composer,Executive Producer
Adam Young   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation,Vocal Recording
Cory Enemy   Programming,Producer
Carly Rae Jepsen   Composer
Jon Rezin   Vocal Editing
Oligee   Producer
Randy Lennox   Contribution
Kevin Maher   Composer
Kelly Covell   Composer
Matthew Koma   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Clarence Coffee   Composer
Tavish Crowe   Composer
Katerina Loules   Composer
Shiloh Loules   Composer
Damien Fry   Cover Photo
Ryan Stewart   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer

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